The Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH) in the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health has been awarded $30,000 in funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes as part of the second phase of the State Forums to Advance Health Systems Transformation project. The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, awarded grants to six member public health institutes to host statewide forums aimed at advancing collaboration among the public health and health care sectors.
[Photo: Ms. Ginny Kidwell]
TNIPH, in collaboration with Healthy Appalachia Institute at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, will work with stakeholder representatives to explore the creation of an Accountable Care Community in the 21 county area of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. The purpose is to share population health expertise and identify a set of activities that could support the establishment of an Accountable Care Community in the region.
TNIPH and its collaborators hope to engage community partners in a dialogue about encompassing a wide range of community stakeholders and organizations.
“There is an important opportunity to increase public awareness about our region’s unique health challenges,” states Ms. Ginny Kidwell, executive director of TNIPH. “Education about healthy habits is especially critical in rural communities where obesity, smoking, limited critical care, and social and economic factors play a huge role in unhealthy lifestyles.”